Gilmore Commission - Second Annual Report Recommendations

Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction


Executive Branch:

  • Develop national strategy approved by the President

  • Create a "National Office for Combating Terrorism"
    - Director appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate
    - Point of contact for the Congress
    - Strategy formulation
    - Plans Review
    - Multidisciplinary staffing
    - No operational control
    - Specified control of Federal programs/budgets
    - Supported by Advisory Board for Domestic Programs
    - Assistants for Domestic Preparedness, Intelligence, Health and Medical, RDT&E/National Standards, and Management and Budget


  • Create a "Special Committee for Combating Terrorism"
    - Bipartisan membership with full-time staff from relevant committees
    - Direct link to the new "National Office for Combating Terrorism"
    - Develops consolidated legislative plan for authorization, budget, and appropriations
    - Clearinghouse and first referral for relevant legislation

Functional Recommendations:

  • Enhance Intelligence/Threat Assessments/Information Sharing
    - Improve human intelligence by rescinding CIA guidelines on certain foreign informants (DCI)
    - Improve measurement and signature intelligence through enhanced RDT&E (Intelligence Community)
    - Review/modify guidelines and procedures for domestic investigations (Review Panel/Attorney General)
    - Review/modify authorities on certain CBRN precursors and equipment (Executive and Congress)
    - Improve forensics technology/analysis, and enhance indications and warnings systems (National Office)
    - Provide security clearances and more information to designated State and local entities (National Office)
    - Develop single-source, protected, web-based, integrated information system (National Office)

  • Foster Better Planning/Coordination/Operations
    - Designate Federal Response Plan as single-source "all hazards" planning document (National Office)
    - Develop "model" State plan (NEMA and FEMA)
    - Conduct inventories of State and local programs for nationwide application (National Office)
    - Promote/facilitate the adoption of multi-jurisdiction/multi-state mutual aid compacts (National Office)
    - Promote/facilitate adoption of standard ICS, UCS, and EOC (National Office)
    - Designate agency other than DoD as "Lead Federal Agency" (President)

  • Enhance Training, Equipping, and Exercising
    - Develop input to strategy and plans in close coordination with State and local entities (National Office)
    - Restructure education and training opportunities to account for volunteers in critical response disciplines
    - Develop realistic exercise scenarios that meet State and local needs (National Office)

  • Improve Health and Medical Capabilities
    - Obtain strategy input/ program advice from public health/medical care representatives (National Office)
    - Promote certification programs for training and facilities (National Office)
    - Clarify authorities and procedures for health and medical response (All jurisdictions)
    - Improve surge capacity and stockpiles (All jurisdictions)
    - Evaluate and test response capabilities (All public health and medical entities)
    - Establish standards for communications/mandatory reporting (All public health/medical entities)
    - Establish laboratory standards and protocols (All public health/medical entities)

  • Promote Better Research and Development and Developing National Standards
    - Develop, with OSTP, equipment testing protocols and long-range research plan (National Office)
    - Establish national standards program with NIST and NIOSH as co-leads (National Office)

  • Enhance Efforts to Counter Agroterrorism

  • Improve Cyber Security Against Terrorism

For more information, see the full report (PDF).